Arians: Veterans must motivate the younger guys

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians wants his veterans to motivate the younger guys. 

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was not a happy camper when OTAs resumed on Tuesday after the long weekend. He thought his guys weren’t getting after it hard enough. Arians told the Cardinals official website that it’s not his responsibility to make sure everyone is motivated.

“That’s not my job,” Arians said. “That’s the veterans’ job.”

Having Carson Palmer healthy will certainly help everyone follow suit. Palmer believes the young guys are doing a good job of watching the veterans and knows the older players must set the example. 

“I think that has a lot to do with leadership and a lot to do with young guys who are looking for someone to show them how. They aren’t coming in thinking they are the man, they have it all figured out. The young guys have done a good job buying into what we are doing, following the vets and hopefully one day step in and do the same.”

Larry Fitzgerald thinks the Cardinals have the perfect combination of leaders. Some lead with their words, while others lead with their action on the field.

“You can’t have a lot of rah-rah guys and too many leaders not lead by example,” Fitzgerald said. “I think we have a good mixture.”

(h/t Arizona Cardinals)